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The food amino acid market is witnessing robust growth owing to their essential roles in the maintenance and improvement of human health. Various amino acids are used in food supplements to help with certain medical conditions and disorders. For example, tryptophan supplements are used for chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders, and depression. The utilization of two or more amino acid combinations in supplements has been increased significantly as such supplements have additional health benefits that are achieved through proper balancing.
The exploitation of new application arena and the growing markets of amino acids has resulted in significant progress in amino acid production technology. Industrially, amino acids are used as intermediate precursors for the production of antibiotics. Amino acid-based supplements are used for animal nutrition to improve animal health and production capacity. The awareness of the health benefits of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) supplements among fitness enthusiasts is driving their demand in the global market. The BCAAs, namely, valine, leucine, and isoleucine are vital for body protein synthesis in the body.
Key Market Driver -
Rising Demand for Dietary Supplements
Key Market Restraint -
Stringent Government Regulations for Amino Acid Supplements
The global food amino acid market is primarily driven by the rising demand for amino acid-based dietary supplements. The BCCA-based functional foods and beverages have gained popularity among fitness enthusiasts as they boost muscle growth and enhance exercise performance. These supplements also help with weight loss and reduce fatigue after exercise. The manufacturers of sports supplements are developing an amino acid-based product range to meet the growing demand from fitness channels. For instance, in August 2019, Celsius Holdings Ltd. expanded its product portfolio with the launch of an innovative BCCA functional beverage that boosts muscle recovery.
The strict government regulations, especially in the western markets, on the recommended daily amount and purity of amino acid in the supplements, are expected to hamper for the growth of the market. For instance, in October 2019, the Ministry of Health, Italy, issued guidance on the purity of amino acids in dietary supplements. Previous laws only addressed the purity requirements for vitamins and mineral supplements.
Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Kyowa Hakko Bio Co. Ltd., Pacific Rainbow International, Inc., Azelis S.A., Rochem International, Inc., Prinova Group LLC, Daesang Corporation, Sigma-Aldrich, Inc., and Evonik Industries AG are the key players that operate in the global food amino acids market.
Product type, application, and geography are the major segments of the global food amino acid market. Branched-chain amino acids such as valine, leucine, and isoleucine, are expected to witness strong growth owing to their extensive application in the dietary supplements category. The key companies are developing supplements containing BCCA to strengthen their position in the market. For instance, in September 2018, Aeronutrix, a sports supplement company, launched a branched-chain amino acid containing leucine, isoleucine, and valine for muscle building, maintenance and recovery.
Dietary supplements category is expected to witness prominent growth due to the high demand for amino acid-based dietary supplements for muscle building, performance improvement, disease prevention and general well-being. Various amino acids are increasingly being used for manufacturing infant formulae owing to their easy absorption and utilization in the body. The development of amino acid supplements for the management of allergies and health conditions is expected to drive the growth of the market. For instance, in October 2017, Danone India launched a new amino-acid based formula Neocate for the management of cow milk allergy in infants.
In January 2020, Coca Cola’s Powerade sports drink brand launched a ready to drink sports beverage containing branched-chain amino acids in the United States. The trend of healthy hydration has significantly penetrated in North America. The major beverage players are developing nutrient-enriched including amino acid drinks, to expand their presence in healthy beverage markets.
Europe is expected to witness robust growth of amino acids market. The rising demand for amino acids from the food and beverage industry for the development of nutritious products is expected to drive the growth of the market in the region. The increasing research and innovation activities in the field of amino acids in European countries are expected to boost the growth of the industry in Europe. For instance, in August 2018, the Technical University of Munich developed a novel enzymatic process for the production of a variety of essential amino acids that are used in food supplements.
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Asia Pacific is expected to witness the exponential growth of the amino acids market owing to the increasing demand for fortified foods. The demand for fortified foods is rising in the region due to the increasing prevalence of nutrient deficiencies. The key players are expanding their businesses in the region to cater to the rising demand for amino acid fortified foods. For instance, in August 2019, Prinova, a leading manufacturer of amino acids, expanded its presence in Asia Pacific by opening a new production facility in Australia.
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